Short-circuited interpretations of modal verb constructions

Abstract : In this paper we aim to show how distinct semantic and pragmatic layers of modal interpretation can be fruitfully integrated within a constructionist approach. We discuss in detail a number of cases from the Simpsons where a modal verb, as part of a longer expression, has a short-circuited interpretation, that is, where it is conventionally associated with a context-specific modal semantic value and, in some cases, with added pragmatic information. Short-circuitedness is evidenced by the humorous effect that is obtained when a character wilfully or unknowingly ignores standard aspects of interpretation of such a modal verb construction.
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Constructions and Frames, John Benjamins, 2016, 8, pp.7 - 39. <10.1075/cf.8.1.02cap>
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Bert Cappelle, Ilse Depraetere. Short-circuited interpretations of modal verb constructions. Constructions and Frames, John Benjamins, 2016, 8, pp.7 - 39. <10.1075/cf.8.1.02cap>. <hal-01495695>

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